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Jan. 9th, 2005

I'm worn out and feeling empty right now. The playoff game was too exciting. It was raining cats and dogs in San Diego, evening the playing field in New York's favor. The game went to overtime. The Chargers got the ball down to the Jets 22-yard line, where they went conservative and ran three straight plays up the middle with less than two minutes left in the first overtime period. This set up the Charger's rookie kicker for a 40-yard field goal, and he missed. The Jets seized the opportunity and drove down the field. They kicked the game-winning field goal with 8 second left in overtime.

It was a fantastic, storybook season for the Chargers. It really shouldn't have ended this way, though.

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am0
Jan. 8th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
A good run
The weather remained clear until into the fourth quarter, with nothing worse than a mild drizzle until then, so the weather favored the Chargers until almost the end. I would like to have seen them win this year, but watching them come close will have to do.
spwebdesign
Jan. 8th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: A good run
No, the weather never favored the Chargers. The wet field clearly caused obvious footing problems. This affected the Chargers far more for several reasons. One they are a faster team, and thus the slowing effects of a wet field favors the Jets. Tomlinson is a slasher, and wet terrain is more favorable to a north-south runner like Martin. The wet weather limits your options and forces the playcalling to be more conservative, which again hurts the more versatile Chargers more than the Jets. I'm not using the rain as an excuse for the loss, but it did even the playing field a great deal.
slinkr
Jan. 9th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
I caught the end of the game. The Chargers made some great plays to tie it up, but that field goal made me really appreciate Adam Vinatieri.
spwebdesign
Jan. 9th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
I don't blame the kicker. He's a rookie and never should have been put in that situation. He's been solid all year long, but in that situation I wouldn't have gone so conservative on offense after we marched down the field. I would have tried to get at least 10 yards closer. I blame the coaching staff for playing not to lose at the end rather than playing to win.
slinkr
Jan. 9th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
You totally can't blame the kicker. They clearly needed to be 10 yards closer.

On the bright side, at least they didn't get squashed like the Broncos today.
spwebdesign
Jan. 9th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
And they're a young and developing team, unlike the aging Broncos.
jimmystagger
Jan. 10th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
Marty is just way too conservative a coach. He plays "not to lose" instead of "to win". IMHO.
spwebdesign
Jan. 10th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
He's been anything but conservative this year...until we got into FG range against the Jets. Their defensive alignment indicated they expected us to run into the middle, and we did. I would have called a playaction pass to Gates on 2nd down to get us a bit closer if not score a TD. Alas....
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